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SHRI SHANTINATH, SHRI SHEETALNATH JINALAYA (Amblini sheri – Kanasa no pado)

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Amblini Sheri is in Kanasa’s Pada. In it there is Lord Shantinath’s Jinalaya with an attractive balcony. There is a reference of this Jinalaya in Patan Chaitya Paripati composed by Pandit Harshvijaya in V. S. 1729. There are five marble idols in the garbhgruh (innermost part of the temple). Out of those idols one of Lord Shantinath is the main God. It is made of Pink marble and is fascinating. There is Shri Siddhchakra Yantra (a yantra is a plate or paper on which are written the names of certain deities or symbols thereof and which is worshipped) and Shri Rishimandal chakra in the temple. Petals of a thousand-petal-lotus are studded on the wall of the innermost part of the temple. And on every petal the image of the Lord is carved. The painting of meaninglessness of sansar, the balcony of the temple, the sculpture of beautiful images on the pillars, the carved door frame, the images reflected from huge mirrors on the pillars are all spectacular. The fixture on the door of the garbhgruh is magnificent. The patt (painting on cloth) of Sametchikhar, Girnar, Pavapuri, Shatrunjaya adorn the temple. This Jinalaya, the symbol of ancient art is worth seeing.

Shri Sheetalnath Jinalaya of sixteenth century (V. S.) is just adjacent to Shri Shantinath Jinalaya in Ambilini Sheri.

On the door-frame of main garbhgruh there is a carved image of lion and the other door-frames are adorned with the images of peacocks. The main idol of Shri Sheetalnath is of 27 inches.

The 450 years old wooden patt adorned with the carved arch joining the pillars, wooden patt of Sametshikar, the Ashtapad patt and 16 carved images of Tirthankaras is a unique piece of carving in wood. Every pillar is studded with a mirror. The octahedral images formed by reflections of the mirrors add tremendous beauty to the Jinalaya.

Administration of this Jinalaya is conducted by Shri Babubhai Keshavlal Shah, Shri Kirtilal Gabhruchand Shah, and Shri Mahasukhlal Chimanlal Shah.